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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Should Trump be investigated for sexual assault/harrassment? on: Today at 09:49 AM

The Russia collusion fantasy has failed


Two indictments on 14 counts, including "Conspiracy Against the USA", and two guilty pleas to lesser charges tell the lie of that statement.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Dec 12, 2017, 06:33AM
THis week's column:

Good Guys/ Bad Guys

I am getting old. On my next birthday I will lose my private insurance and sign up for Medicare. Fortunately for me, my private insurance then becomes my Medicare supplemental insurance (I have had the blessing in this life of the support, guidance, and protection of a strong union, an advantage anyone who is not wealthy should be provided, but……). But, that is a topic for another column.

My point is, for the entirety of my long life, and for the better part of a half-century before I was born, one organization has been recognized in the eyes of the American people as the absolute paragon of “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”. Multiple TV shows and movies have depicted them as the ultimate “good guys” in our society.

That is, until the last 3 months or so. Those seeking to protect the on-going criminal enterprise being run out of the White House are now wrongly, politically, defaming them. I am speaking, of course, about the FBI, and, specifically, two of its former Directors.

On the other side of that coin, another truth for the entirety of my life is there has been one, singular major geo-political entity that has been considered the enemy of my country. Since the overthrow of the Czars in 1917, with the exception of WWII, Russia has been, in the eyes of the American people, the ultimate “bad guys” opposed to our society. The last time American citizens were executed for treason, mere months after I was born, it was for conspiring with Russians.

At least, that was true until about a year ago. Then, as evidence of a massive electronic attack on our elections by the Russians began to be uncovered, the “good guys” at the FBI took on the mission of uncovering and exposing how and to what degree the “bad guys”, Russia, had succeeded in their attack, and whether they had help and/ or guidance from anyone here in this country.

Now, among a hard core, but diminishing, segment of our population, up has become down. The “good guys” are now the “bad guys”, and the “bad guys” are now the “good guys”. We have a President whose chief advisor is an avowed Leninist, who is savagely attacking the FBI and refuses to say anything detrimental about Putin or Russia.

These are truly dangerous times in America. I wish it weren’t true.
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Roy Moore is a m-o-r-o-n on: Dec 12, 2017, 04:46AM
I'm not writing Doug Jones epitaph just yet. I realize it IS Alabama, but we saw a massive uprising of "Indivisible" and "Resistance" voters create tidal wave victories in Va. and other states in the recent election. We'll find out today if those movements are real. I expect a close race one way or the other, but I will not be in the least shocked if Jones wins by 10 points or more. He would in pretty much any other state, and if these movements ARE real, he may even in Alabama.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Roy Moore is a m-o-r-o-n on: Dec 12, 2017, 04:40AM

Our current Fearless Leader is a result of backlash about our first Black President.


That's part of it. but the biggest factor was Bill Clinton's selling if the Democrat Party to wall St and abandoning it's traditional base of unions and blue collar workers. It was their realization the party no longer represented them that made Drumpf possible and put him in the White House. That, along with the Russian propaganda attack and the fact Hillary was a terrible candidate.
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Dec 11, 2017, 05:24AM
That's total BS. He graduated at the top of his class, as he said.

When we get to the point that we start assuming that our president would lie about something trivial, we're in trouble. If he said it, he did it.

Thanks, DD!
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Jerusalem on: Dec 10, 2017, 04:59AM
The problem is, we've moved from "not a disaster" to "might not be a disaster"



Again, WELL....the region is, and has been for centuries, a disaster. My point was this bit of buffoonery might not be an immediate calamity other than a few more pointless deaths.
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Dec 09, 2017, 08:05PM
A) it is not a document of any sort what so ever, and B) Unless the sex crimes unit of the local PD and the local DA step up and do their freakin' jobs, this probably never be a legal issue. So, objection over ruled.
8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Jerusalem on: Dec 09, 2017, 08:02PM
Shazam...There may be a bit of agreement here...Crazy Times!

Well, don't get me wrong. He gave up the US' biggest poker chip and got absolutely nothing in return. He has proved over and over again that he is absolutley terrible at negotiating, and this move has further distanced the US from our traditional allies. He is isolating us a at very dangerous time in the world. That said, this will get some people killed, but it may not be the totsl disaster many think it is.
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Jerusalem on: Dec 09, 2017, 05:37AM
True, but, sadly, people end up dead and injured in that region for pretty much any action that is taken, no matter how trivial. We'll see if this has the planned effect of a positive jolt to the system.
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Jerusalem on: Dec 08, 2017, 02:07PM
I'm ready to call this a bit of a nothingburger. It will **** a lot of people off for a while, but it isn't really anything but a recognition of reality that was already legislated by the US Congress more than 20 years ago. It does not preclude the Israelis and the Palestinians from negotiating a Palestinian capitol in East Jerusalem should there ever be serious talks again. For once, I am willing to give the Orangutang a bit of slack on this one. We'll see where it leads.
11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Nothing burger becomes a something burger on: Dec 08, 2017, 11:44AM
WOW, if FAUX is walking something back it MUST be a whopper!!!

http://www.dailywire.com/news/24480/breaking-moore-accuser-admits-she-wrote-note-under-ben-shapiro
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Nothing burger becomes a something burger on: Dec 08, 2017, 09:59AM
The lady just admitted she forged her yearbook.

Accusers falling by the wayside.

Fake news without a link.
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Dec 08, 2017, 04:42AM

 I'm applying reasons for the way I think about what's going on. I listed them.


There is a difference between reasons (based in fact) and rationalizations (based in wishful thinking).
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Dec 07, 2017, 06:04AM
THe accusations ARE credible. THere are multiple corroborating witnesses who were informed of the allegations contemporaneously with the abuse. There is no Statute of Limitations on sexual abuse of a minor in Alabama. The local PD's sex crimes unit and the local DA are derelict in their duties if there is not an open investigation being pursued.
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Me, Me, Me vs. We, We, We...Where's the proper balance? on: Dec 06, 2017, 09:09AM
Not for nothing...

When I saw the title of this thread, I thought it was about ensemble playing.

Or...maybe it is, on some level.

As above, so below.

S.

THat's beautiful, Sam!
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Dec 06, 2017, 09:08AM
There is no statute of limitations on sexual abuse of a minor in Alabama. THe sex crimes unit of the local PD and the local DA are derelict in their duty if they are not investigating those credible claims.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Me, Me, Me vs. We, We, We...Where's the proper balance? on: Dec 06, 2017, 05:46AM

The other issue I'll take with you is that these laws do not generally create 'protected groups.' The same laws that protect blacks from discrimination also protect whites, or gays and straights, or Catholics and Muslims.


Well, that's the way it's supposed to work, anyway. I reality, each group has had to fight on its own. Thankfully, our Founders were enlightened enough to give us our court system in support of that ideal.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Dec 06, 2017, 04:59AM
Soros is a boogieman Republicans use to scare the immature, non-critical thinkers in their base. In the last few election cycles he has spent far less than 10% of just what the Kochs have spent. If you add in the Mercers and the Adelsons and the rest, Soros is a non-issue to thinking people who pay attention in the real world.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Nothing burger becomes a something burger on: Dec 05, 2017, 07:48AM

  I don't think I'll be posting in that other thread because I reject its founding premise.


What premise? It's a down to the bones question addressing exactly what we have been discussing here. What is the proper governmental balance between the rights of the individual in society vs. the rights of the society in relation to the individual? Reject it's founding principal? That might be construed as a cop out.
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Dec 05, 2017, 06:21AM
Wow, what a week!

A Lot Going On!

The next shoe dropped in the Mueller investigation when fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. This puts the investigation deep into the White House itself, and the noose grows ever tighter on the criminal enterprise being run out of it.
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There was much jubilation amongst Republicans when they rammed their abomination of a tax give-away through the Senate in the middle of the night with no hearings or debate what-so-ever. Amusingly, it is much like the Rose Garden celebration they threw when the House passed its version of their Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill. They seem to have forgotten this hurdle doesn’t make this atrocity law.

The bill must be reconciled between the House and Senate, and there is already growing discord between the GOP (currently the Government of Putin/ Predators) caucuses in the respective bodies.  That, combined with the growing distaste of the American people for the monstrosity as they learn what is actually in it, may make it as impossible to pass as was the “repeal and replace” disgrace.
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North Korea successfully launched a missile capable of hitting mainland USA. It is unknown if they are yet capable of matching it with one of their nuclear war heads, but, even so, more and more elected MOC are blowing the bugles of war about the confrontation. Make no mistake, should war be initiated in Korea it will not be, just as it wasn’t in Iraq, the No. Koreans who fire the first shot.
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There doesn’t appear to be a bottom on the depravity of today’s Republican Party. On Tuesday, voters in Alabama will go to the polls to choose a Senator to replace Jeff Sessions. The choices are Doug Jones and Roy Moore.

 Jones is a former prosecutor with a string of high profile convictions, including the two KKK scumbags responsible for killing four young women in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Moore is a judge who was, TWICE, removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for violating the rule of law, and who now stands credibly accused of multiple incidents of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

We will see then whether the “Resistance”, “Indivisible” and other groups that have sprung up in response to the lack of integrity and unethical behavior of the President and his Party are real and are going to make a real difference in this country.
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